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    An old Packard Bell

    I have been house cleaning and I wanted to dispose of an old PB 650 that belonged to my daughter. She said, "Wait, what files are on the hard drive in my documents folder?" I tried to fire it up but it announces the battery is dead. So I began to hunt for a way into the case. It looks like I should be able to snap the little latches on the bottom of the front of the case to release the face plate and then loosen the screws that are holding the cover in place but that face plate won't budge. I've hunted the internet for information for getting into that thing but haven't had any luck and I am getting seriously frustrated. Can anyone point me to a site with instructions for breaking into this computer! It has Windows 3.1 on it so it could be interesting if I can get inside, change the battery and figure out how to get it going again. I entered the computer world first on Macs and then on Win95. I don't have a lot of knowledge of DOS except for what I really have to know for those very few tasks that may require it.

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    Re: An old Packard Bell

    Hi skitterbug,
    i don't personally know about the PB case but why not check this website which appears to be a PB forum of sorts.
    Either run through it or try to post the question there?

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    Re: An old Packard Bell

    Thanks Bob! That's a good idea! <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15> I don't know why I didn't think about hunting for a forum about them. I appreciate your help! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: An old Packard Bell

    Since you are going to dispose of the computer anyway, why not try the usual gentle partial destruction technique with a screwdriver, trying to lever up the edges, supplemented by a hammer, where required? That way you'll quickly find how you should have been able to open it easily!

    John

    PS I reckon Packard-Bell PC cases deserve everything they get!
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    Re: An old Packard Bell

    I could try the "demolition method" but I was hoping to be able to have this thing work for a bit after I replaced the battery. My second thought - once I get into the case - is yanking out the HD and slaving it to another computer to read the contents. But that brings on another question? Will I be able to access this HD as a slave and be able to rescue the files?


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    Re: An old Packard Bell

    I wasn't suggesting you actually wrecked the case, just bent it a bit to get the side opposite all the sockets off!

    If you put the drive into another PC, you would of course need an additional four-pin power plug, a connector on the ribbon cable bus, and perhaps a jumper to make it a 'slave'! It might be easier to see if you can use the original PC...

    Happy hammering!

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    Re: An old Packard Bell

    I don't know if PB used the "standard" laptop 2.5" hard drive, but if they did, there are adapters available to enable connecting a 2.5" laptop harddrive to a 3.5" IDE drive connector. I have one here that I used to use when my son and I both had laptops. When I worked at KET we had a few of these adapters and we often would "mount" a laptop harddrive into a desktop machine with the removable racks you've probably seen me write about here in The Lounge. Here's one (of many) examples of this usually inexpensive adapter: Cables To Go: LAPTOP to IDE HARD DRIVE ADAPTER

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    Re: An old Packard Bell

    To wrap this thread up - I solved my problem by taking John's suggestion and forcing my way into the PB case. It had a different battery than I had on hand so I skipped the "fix it" option. The HD was a Conner brand which I was able to slave to my Win2000 box. It does have some MSWorks documents that I saved back to my WinXP box so that should make my daughter happy. Now to figure out how to read .wpa documents................

    Thanks everyone for your help!


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    Re: An old Packard Bell

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    Can I close off the thread....I have just had my chainsaw refurbished......what do you think? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: An old Packard Bell

    Go for it Jezza! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Make the woodchips fly! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> Actually, I just visualized words going every which way as you buzzed your way through this thread! <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>


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